Monday, December 11, 2017

Sign-up night Tuesday, December 19th

We will have sign-up night on Tuesday, December 19th from 5-7pm in the basement of VMH - Medical Office Building, rooms A & B.  This is the same location we have used for sign-up the past few years.  You can stop in anytime from 5-7pm.  I will have a short presentation and can answer any questions.  Then you can fill out the forms for your children, make payment, and proceed to Bluedog to pick up rental gear (if needed).

We will probably have practice at the VFW or Viroqua Golf Course, but I am considering a few other options also.  I will share final details later this week.  Practices will be on Mondays from 3:45 - 5:00, beginning on January 8th.  We will have 8 practices if the conditions allow.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

See you tomorrow

It doesn't matter if school is cancelled or not.  Make it over for one last practice at the VFW.

We will ski (hopefully) from 3:45 to 4:45, then eat some hot dogs.  You can bring something to share, if you like, but not required.

I have some extra skis and poles from the last practice.  I will bring those along.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

One last Hurrah?!?

Let's have one last practice on Monday!  We're supposed to get 4-6" Sunday night.  The timing will make it tricky to groom, and you can expect soft conditions for practice.  We will probably only get enough to groom the upper fields.

I will make a fire and bring hot dogs for everyone.

If we don't get enough snow we can play kickball, capture the flag, ultimate frisbee, etc.

Keep your fingers crossed and check back later for any more details.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Close, but no cigar

I'm sorry, but we didn't get enough snow to hold practice on Monday.
Keep your fingers crossed that we get a good dump in March.  If it snows; we'll groom.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

No relief in sight

... to this nasty weather.

The VFW is toast.  We will have to put practices 'on hold' until we get some snow.

If you happen to have a pile of snow on your land, and want to host a practice, let me know.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Forget to pick up your skis?

Some of us did (forget).  Pete is out of town, but we're trying to make arrangements for me to pick up the rest and bring them to practice on Monday.

I think there will be enough snow left for practice on Monday.  It doesn't look good after that.  Stay tuned.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Great skating, but please respect the trail this weekend

Pete is grinding away on the skis, getting them ready for skating.  He hopes to have them ready for you on Friday, but please call ahead of time.  (Bluedog 637-6993)

Warm weather means soft snow this weekend.  We don't groom when the snow is too warm and wet, since it collapses and leaves nothing but water-filled ruts.  Similarly, you should try not to ski on the groomed trails when you are leaving deep ruts.  The aftermath is often impossible to repair once it re-freezes and we can get out and groom again.  Try to get out first thing in the morning this weekend, and check to see if you are causing damage.

photo by Snowflake alumni Chris Jackson

The Back 9 is in absolute top shape for skating right now.  I did not try to renovate the tracks, so they are thin, wobbly and icy.  Please stay off the skate deck when it warms up and you leave deep ruts.